York-Adams League teams made an impressive gold-medal haul in the District 3 basketball championships the past two seasons.

Two years ago, four teams, York High's boys, Hanover's boys, Red Lion's girls and York Catholic's girls won titles in their respective classes.

Last year, the Red Lion and York Catholic girls repeated as champions, and the Delone Catholic boys captured their first district crown in 27 years.

Seven district champions, out of a possible 16, from one league is quite an accomplishment.

The 2013 tournament brings new opportunities for York-Adams teams. How many of them will be declared district champion remains to be seen, although just two enter as favorites based on being No. 1 seeds.

York High is led by senior Tavon Parker, left, who averages 19.8 points per game, the third highest average in the York-Adams Boys  League. The Bearcats
York High is led by senior Tavon Parker, left, who averages 19.8 points per game, the third highest average in the York-Adams Boys League. The Bearcats will ride a 17-game winning streak into districts. York High opens district action at home against Hempfield on Wednesday. Tipoff is 7 p.m. The Bearcats are unbeaten at home this season and haven t lost any game since falling to Lancaster McCaskey on Dec. 28. (File photo)

Dover's girls, in Class AAA, and York Catholic's girls, in Class AA, own No. 1 seeds.

York Catholic has made winning a district crown an annual habit. The Fighting Irish have captured a record seven straight AA titles, and they're the pick to make it eight this year. Delone Catholic has the potential to knock off York Catholic (the teams went into overtime in their second meeting this year). Oley Valley, the Class AAA champion two years ago, is the No. 3 AA seed.

Dover's girls are in an extremely challenging bracket that includes York-Adams champion Dallastown, Berks champion Wilson, Mid Penn powers Cumberland Valley and Central Dauphin, Lancaster-Lebanon power Lampeter-Strasburg, and, of course, two-time champion Red Lion.

Dallastown, coming off its tremendous showing in the York-Adams Tournament, may have the momentum to make a deep run in the district bracket. The Wildcats, though, will have to travel to Manheim Township for their first game.

York Catholic's bid for another district championship, and Dover's, Red Lion's and Dallastown's quest in Class AAA girls are two of the storylines to follow this year.

Here are some other ones:

Dallastown s girls, the York-Adams League tourney champs, are led by Shae Grim, right. She averages 11.6 points per game. The Wildcats travel to Manheim
Dallastown s girls, the York-Adams League tourney champs, are led by Shae Grim, right. She averages 11.6 points per game. The Wildcats travel to Manheim Township for a 7 p.m. contest on Tuesday. (File photo)

York High's quest to win yet another district title while playing this year out of the No. 3-seeded slot. The York-Adams champion Bearcats are seeded behind Harrisburg and Lancaster McCaskey. York defeated Harrisburg in the regular season, but it lost to McCaskey. The Bearcats will ride a 17-game winning streak into districts.

West York's girls will attempt to bounce back from their loss to Dallastown in the York-Adams final. The Bulldogs, the No. 2-seeded team in Class AAA, take on York-Adams rival Kennard-Dale in their first district game.

Eastern York and Susquehannock are also in the AAA draw. The Golden Knights are in the top half of the draw with unbeaten Palmyra, the No. 1-seed at 24-0.

Dover s girls, the top seed in Class AAAA, are led by Alayah Hall, who averages 14.7 points a game. The Eagles, who boast a 23-1 record, play host to
Dover s girls, the top seed in Class AAAA, are led by Alayah Hall, who averages 14.7 points a game. The Eagles, who boast a 23-1 record, play host to Governor Mifflin at 7 p.m. Tuesday. (File photo)

Northeastern, Eastern and Bermudian Springs will attempt to take out higher-seeded teams in Class AAA boys' Round of 16. All three start on the road. Northeastern travels to Greencastle, Eastern to Bishop McDevitt and Bermudian Springs to Berks Catholic.

The Delone Catholic, York Catholic and Hanover boys will seek to put some victories together in AA where Trinity is picked to win it all.

Can anyone stop the Shamrocks? Probably not, but the York-Adams teams will give it their best shots.

New Hope Academy will be looking to make a statement again this year in Class A boys' action.

The York City team advanced all the way to the championship game last year before bowing to Greenwood. Greenwood's seeded No. 1 this season followed by Lebanon Catholic and New Hope.

Dick Vanolinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com or 505-5407.